Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Favorite Products for Traveling with a Toddler

vacation with toddlerMy little family and I have been extremely busy the past few weeks, so I apologize for going MIA on you! We planned a vacation to Florida (our first with J), and we spent last week in St. Augustine - absorbing the history, waves, and sun. It was much needed after our Chicago winter! Although, we needed a getaway SO BADLY, we were hesitant. We had never travelled with J before. He’s 18 months and a ball of energy, so the prospect of taking him on a plane and taking him out of his well-oiled machine of a routine was terrifying. However, through careful planning, sheer luck, and a few to die for products, it worked out really well!

Check out the products that made traveling with a toddler doable.

ZoomerZoomer – the Zoomer child seat adapter turns your car seat into a stroller. It is the only one I found that works with a toddler-sized car seat and not just an infant seat. The Zoomer is made for airport travel. However, it worked really well and the wheels’ turn radius was great, so we used it as a stroller on our whole trip.

LazyNapLazyNap Kids Mattress – This is a blow up mattress for your toddler. It even has guardrails and a really soft sheet. The mattress comes with a little air compressor with adapters, so, BONUS, you can use it to blow up beach toys too.

CalifoneCalifone Kids Headphones – We got the tiger headphones that fit a toddler’s head and has volume control so he/she doesn’t accidently turn it up.

BuddiboxBuddibox iPad case – This iPad case kept our iPad protected while J whipped it all over the place. Elmo on the iPad with our Califone headphones spared us many a tantrum during the flight.

What products have you used to make your vacation with a toddler easier?

Thanks for reading!

What I listened to while writing:

Medicine by The 1975

Believe by Mumford and Sons (I miss old Mumfy)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Homemade Natural Cough Syrup - for toddlers!

Homemade Natural Cough Syrup for Toddlers | Honey Cough Syrup | Sarah Smirks

J is at that in between age, he is old enough to have the homeopathic medicine, but not old enough to have real meds.  I'm not a fan of real meds anyway.  I always try homeopathic or natural remedies first, and if I need to, I'll bust out the big guns.  J is in daycare, which means - CONSTANT COLDS.  So, I formulated my own little cough syrup that actually works for him.  I pair this with the cold buster lotion I blogged about earlier this week.

Here is my recipe for J's cold syrup.  Keep in mind, I'm obviously not a doctor, and if your child is allergic to any of these ingredients or is under 1, don't give it to him or her.  This recipe contains honey, which is NOT recommended for babies under 1 year's old.

1 cap full of lemon - The bioflavonoids in lemon have been shown to reduce cold symptoms and the duration of colds.

Enough honey to make this concoction a syrup consistency - According to the Mayo Clinic, studies show that children given honey at bedtime have reduced nighttime coughing and improved sleep.  It was shown to be as effective as the cough suppressant dextromethorphan.  Remember, it is not recommended for children under 1 year's old.  There is a risk for infant botulism.

Dash of Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a natural anti-bacterial and is high in manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.  Cinnamon has been used as a natural remedy for colds and coughs in traditional Chinese medicine for 3,000 years. 

1 syringe of Echinacea - Studies have shown that Echinacea increases white blood cells.  The studies showed that the benefits are not directly related to cold reduction, but an overall increase in the immune system.  This ingredient is more of a bonus.  I buy Echinacea that is specifically for infants and children.


Give your toddler about 5 ML

What I listened to while writing:

Beachin' by Jake Owen - trying to forget this crappy weather.

Beat this Summer by Brad Paisley

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cold Busting Essential Oil Recipe

wpid-2015-02-22_12.56.21.jpgI lerve essential oils.  I use them for everything.  I diffuse them, use them to make my own skincare, use them for making my own cleaning products, and use them for ailments.  I have my very own apothecary in my bathroom!  Need a cure-all tonic?  I've got one for you! 

J is in daycare as most of my readers know, and, with daycare, comes CONSTANT COLDS.  My gawd.  So many colds.  Below is a recipe I use on J's back, chest, and feet every morning and night to help alleviate symptoms and prevent future colds.

This is called the COLD BUSTER SALVE!


2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil

5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

10 Drops Breathe Blend

5 Drops Lemon Essential Oil

2-5 Drops of Germ Fighter Blend (same as Thieves)

[You can add Lime EO too, it is good for a runny nose and/or congestion]

Get these essential oils here.
Aromatherapy Top 6 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set- 6/10 Ml (Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint)
1 Small Jar


1.  Get a small jar and add the coconut oil

2.  Add the EOs

3.  Mix

4.  Use on back, chest, and feet as much as desired.

5.  You can keep it at room temperature if you like it softer or in the fridge if you're looking for a salve-type consistency.  Your call.

What I listened to while writing:

Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band

All Along the Watch Tower by Dave Matthews Band

Sarah Smirks, documenting baby's accomplishments

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